Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 27:
Five days after being grilled by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Odisha Crime branch, popular Ollywood and television comedian Tatwa Prakash Tripathy, better known by his screen name Pappu Pompom, today refuted charges of his involvement with fraud realtors of Odisha.
I agree that I made a movie named ‘Chauka Chhaka’ with Sarala Productions that was produced by its MD Gayadhar Jena. The movie was distributed by them too. At the time I made the movie with them, they had a very good reputation in the market and I had no way of knowing how and where they got their money from,” said Pappu.
“Making a movie with someone doesn’t mean I am involved in any of their wrong doings. It is practically not possible for an actor to verify the financial credibility of a movie maker. Now that they are in trouble and I have been questioned by EOW, people are asking me why I made a movie with them. Before asking such questions, they need to understand that there is no way I could have known where the money came from,” he added.
Even though Pappu refuted the charges leveled against him, it is an open secret that fraud realtors have made more than 17 movies and invested in over 100 Odia albums.
Many of these movies, however, got stuck before release after Commissionerate Police started raiding some of these builders for financial irregularities.
Apart from realtors, many chit fund houses also invested in the Odisha entertainment industry, which came to fore after the arrest of Nasir Khan in 2009.
They did so to earn credibility and attract more investors to their projects. Many also got into it beacuse they couldn’t resist the lure of the glamour.
As per sources, Sai Pragati Real Estate made a movie named ‘Hari Om Hari’ and Star Consultancy made ‘Tu Tha Mun Jauchhi Rusi’ while Oscar Builder’s ‘Mayare’ got stuck in between. Dozens of unknown girls debuted as actresses during this phase. One of the builders named Kalia, who was arrested by CBI recently for making a sex tape with a girl, had also invested in Odia music videos.
Similarly, the key accused in the AT Chit Fund scam Jagabandhu Panda had started making ‘Daha Balunga’, Umamani builders made ‘Prem Rogi’ and ‘Prema Adhei Akshara’ while Trupti Das, the main accused of a car theft racket, had started making a movie named ‘Dafa 303’ which got stuck.
Most of these builders were later arrested by Crime Branch and Commissionerate Police and are now behind bars.